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By Sam Jones
Now that the recent health crisis is almost behind us, many organizations are getting back to planning events. Venues are reopening and public speakers are making themselves available again. However, many event planners are not sure what to expect when it comes to the costs and fees associated with hiring a professional speaker.
Choosing the appropriate guest speaker for your event can be a daunting task because they play such an important role in the overall success of your event. Not only will you need to make sure that they deliver a compelling speech, but you also need to make sure they fit your budget and that you are not overcharged. Here are some things to consider when addressing the fees associated with booking a professional speaker:
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- Four types of speakers
The first thing you need to understand is some of the basic frameworks that speakers come in. There are really four different types that include:
- Free – These are the inexperienced ones looking to get started
- Promotional – The promotional speakers looking to sell something using your audience (eg: books, consulting services, or some other promotional motive),
- Charitable – These individuals offer their time to support a cause
- Professional – These are the people who make most of their income by speaking
For this article, we are mainly focusing on professional speakers.
- Speaker fees
According to the professional speaking agency Keynote Speakers, these are the fees associated with hiring a speaker:
A. Between $500 and $5,000: This is the first level of speakers that you should budget for private events. Quite a few good speakers will accept this fee as it will help them in terms of their own professional career and it also represents significant compensation for the vast majority of available speakers.
B. Between $5,000 and $10,000: This is what you should expect to pay a professional and experienced speaker who has already given presentations in the past and has good reviews to be able to sell well.
C. Between $10,000 and $20,000: Now we are beginning to move into the field of more well-known and experienced speakers before large audiences that you find in large conferences. Most CEOs, highly regarded researchers, and emerging new authors would fall into this range.
D. Between $25,000 and $100,000 €: These figures are reserved for speakers of high status, and are more or less what you’d expect to pay for big names, world leaders, and authors “best selling” of the New York Times.
E. More than € 100,000: La crème de la crème. A rank typically reserved for ex-presidents, with this amount of money, even Richard Branson will pick you up on the phone.
3. How to negotiate speaker fees
The most important thing to remember is that only a selection of speakers have their rates set. Remember, each speaker has at least one other professional career (usually several) so you can use their “ulterior motives” as a bargaining chip to reduce the monetary cost.
Here are some tips provided by the speaking agency Motivational Speakers on how to negotiate the final price of the speaker:
A. Make sure it’s the right speaker
Before jumping into the negotiation, make sure you have time to talk to the speaker and be clear that this is the right speaker for your audience. Remember, that the name of the speaker is loaded with celebrity, does not mean that its content, performance, person or style fits with the needs of your event. Focus on thinking about your content expectations before you start negotiating rates.
B. Contact them in advance
The earlier you talk to them, the more time they will have to organize their calendar. Finding the speaker should be your number 1 priority, this way you can give speakers flexibility when their agenda is still empty and they are more motivated to participate in events.
C. Offer them more than money
If your target speaker is an author, you may find a way to help them sell more books by including a book signing section at the end of their presentation. If it concerns them to grow their personal brand, you can offer them the post-production of a cool video of their intervention and use it as a tool for attracting organizers interested in finding speakers for their events.
D. Offer them several dates
Most speakers would lower the rate if they could offer multiple talks at the same time. An alternative we propose is that you offer them more “face-to-face” time with your audience during the same event, through negotiating workshop sessions or panel discussions, along with their clear opening speech.
- Involve your sponsors
Having the weight of a recognized brand of sponsors always helps both in the negotiation process and in the perception of the value of the event by the speaker. “If you want to motivate someone to do something for less money, then you need to give them a reason” suggests Sean Adams of Motivation Ping. After all, it is in your best interest to make your event memorable.
The good news is, the mystery surrounding speaker fees is just as confusing as it is for the speakers themselves! Oftentimes, the speaker has no idea about the demand in his own market and how much they should be charged for. You can use this information when you hire your next speaker. Hiring a speaker is an investment in your product (event) and your priority should be to create a win-win opportunity for everyone involved.
(Disclaimer: The article is sponsored and hence promotes some commercial links.)
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Artisan Furnishings curates a few trends to dress your walls up for the season:
If yours is a minimalistic home with clean simple designs and home accessories, covering your wall with a muted color and simple floral motifs will work like a charm. An interplay of the yesteryear's cottage core vibe with a contemporary design aesthetic, your walls will play muse to the season of new beginnings.
An interplay of the yesteryear's cottage core vibe with a contemporary design aesthetic, your walls will play muse to the season of new beginnings. | Photo by Unsplash
Cover Me in Sunshine
Vibrant hues of sunshine orange and yellow with intricately lined patterns in white bring out a certain allure and warmth to your home along with adding a statement to your wall. Paint your home in this subdued backdrop to give it a fresh makeover.
Vibrant hues of sunshine orange and yellow with intricately lined patterns in white bring out a certain allure and warmth to your home. | IANSlife
Go Rustic with Earthy Tones
Invoking the aura of the charming English countryside, the rustic trend blends the neutral backdrops and an earthy colour palette of beige, brown, and blue. Infusing a sense of tradition and craftsmanship, these wallpapers are designed with ingenuity and love for our diverse roots.
The rustic trend blends the neutral backdrops and an earthy color palette of beige, brown, and blue. I Photo by Unsplash
Bold Hues on Muted Backdrops
Give your home a festive spirit and feel with wallpapers created on a simple color palette of cream with gold accents. Reminiscent of palaces and their vintage and regal vibe, this wall-covering trend goes perfectly for every kind of space.
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A melange of Pattern and Prints
Uniquely designed patterns on a plethora of backdrops colored white, cream, beige, and bold hues of violet, this trend is perfect for all seasons. Floral motifs and structural designs create a bespoke line of wall arts to bring out the essence of fall in your home. (IANS/ MBI)
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By Himanshu Agarwal
While smart homes are typically about connected and automated devices and appliances, making it a super convenient and comfortable living experience for residents, there is one connection that we often seem to miss when we speak of smart homes -- the inextricable connection with the indoor home environment.
After all, smart living is also about smart breathing. Unless we breathe clean and pure air even within our homes, smart living remains an incomplete aspiration. Therefore, as we pivot big time to a modern lifestyle with nearly 24/7 gadgets, utilities, and network dependency within our homes, a sense of balance with respect to the indoor ambiance must also be attained. And this balance necessarily means breathing pristine, unadulterated pure air even at homes.
Don't forget we breathe 24/7 even when living in smart homes
Of course, in this time and age when we are actively using some smart device or the other within the premises of our smart homes most of the time, the point that we are also breathing 24/7 need not be as labored. However, the question is: whether the quality of the air that we are breathing indoors is commensurate with the aspiration for this so-called quality of life and experience of living in high-class homes. In other words, even as we think we are living the 'high life' using all the fancy gadgets and increasing convenience in life, unless we breathe the right air, the desire and dream of quality living will not find true meaning.
Don't forget we breathe 24/7 even when living in smart homes. | Photo by Ale Romo Photography on Unsplash
Indoor air is worse than outdoor air
Contrary to the popular perception that the air quality in the external settings is worse than that of indoors, the reality is that indoor air is often found to be more impure and unhygienic for our health and living. This is not only because outdoor air gets natural circulation and revitalization as opposed to indoor air with a higher likelihood of getting stale by its very nature. But this is also based on solid scientific evidence. In fact, the levels of indoor air pollutants are often 2 to 5 times higher than outdoor levels and can even top the outdoor levels of the same pollutants 100 times in some cases. In these times of pandemic, it is worthwhile mentioning that even the transmission rate of the coronavirus is higher in indoor settings than outdoors.
Indoor air is often found to be more impure and unhygienic for our health and living. | Photo by Kaleidico on Unsplash
Efficient energy use reminds us of the need for efficient human energy too
Smart homes naturally mean the most efficient and optimized energy use. There is a bit of irony in the fact that while we are living in an optimized energy-based setup, we are not optimizing our own energy here if we ignore indoor air quality. Breathing is a source of energy that sustains our body with oxygen, a life force that creates nearly 90 per cent of our bodily energy. If we wish to get the best of our breathing and internal energy system and indeed make everyday life and related pursuits more fulfilling, we need to breathe clean purified air all the time. A healthy life starts with breathing healthy air.
Smart homes naturally mean most efficient and optimized energy use. | Photo by Unsplash
In a nutshell, unless we have indoor air purification -- of the smart kind or otherwise -- within our smart homes, even living in smart homes doesn't make us smart enough! (IANS/ MBI)
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